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Friday 22 August 2014
The week in pictures

From chicken feet crisps at one of London’s top haunts to sea-faring cocktails and Jean Claude Van Damme – it has, as ever, been an eclectic week in the world of drinks.

Gun range granted beer licence

A US gun range has been granted permission to sell beer to its gun-toting patrons.

US lawyer falls foul of antiquated wine laws

A $125,000 wine collection is set to be destroyed after its owner was busted in an undercover sting operation.

B.Y.O.C opens third bar in Camden

Clandestine drinking den B.Y.O.C., where customers are asked to bring their own spirits, is opening a third site in the London borough of Camden next month.

Stand still and get free beer

A solitary vending machine appeared on a Bulgarian street promising a free beer to anyone who could simply stand still for three minutes.

Beer

UK’s first ‘botanical’ beer launched

A distillery and brewer have joined forces to release what they describe as the UK’s first “botanical beer”.

Man builds $80k beer fort on dancefloor

A man ordered nearly 10,000 cans of beer at an exclusive nightclub so he could build a six-foot-high fortress around his VIP table.

‘Sinkhole’ leads to 150-year-old beer cave

Archaeologists have discovered an underground “sinkhole” leading to a brewery’s 150-year network of beer caves.

Particles of glass found in Corona bottles

Constellation has recalled some cases of Corona in the US after particles of glass were discovered floating inside some bottles.

China: A ‘misunderstood’ wine market

The Wine Explorers get to the heart of Hong Kong’s fine wine scene interviewing top wine professionals Debra Meiburg MW and Eddison Leung, buying manager for Watson’s Wine.

by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Will wackiness spark Bud Light’s turnaround?

No brand needs a sales punch more than America's #1 beer. Bud Light's numbers have been heading in a southerly direction for some time. by Dan Fox

Fine wine vs hip hop

Haters better watch out, the ace is back – almost – but what music will he be listening to? by Rupert Millar

Disabled winemakers tend Japanese winery

The Wine Explorers sit down with Ikegami Chieko and Machiko Ochi - two women at the helm of a "beautiful project" introducing disabled students to winemaking. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot
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WHISK(E)Y

Jack Daniel’s under fire from Russia

Jack Daniel’s has defended itself against claims “chemical substances not common to whiskey” had been found in its Tennessee Honey Liqueur.

Drink-driver straps whiskey in child seat

A drink-driving dad strapped a bottle of whiskey into his car’s child seat — instead of his two-year-old-son.

Death of caretaker ends whiskey theft case

The death of a caretaker has ended criminal charges that he drank more than US$100,000 worth of whiskey stolen from his employer.

William Grant appoints whisky specialist

William Grant & Sons has appointed Kevin Abrook as the company’s global whisky specialist, innovation — the first in the company’s history.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

US wine writers went mad for Pinot Noir this week recommending a number of California’s best bottles, alongside a wine made by one of the “greatest winemakers on Earth”.

Top 10 beers in the world press

A raspberry IPA, cyclist-friendly “radler” and Turtle-powered IPA make it into this week’s top beer picks in the press.

Top 10 dry rosés over £10

France, in particular Provence, led the way for rosés over £10 in our 2014 Global Rosé Masters, but there were some worthy mentions from elsewhere in Europe and the US.

Seven of the best wine lists in Asia

We count down the restaurants home to some of Asia’s best wine lists, as decided by China’s Wine List of the Year Awards.

Top 10 most powerful vodka brands

In the fifth of our Power Brand round ups our attention turns to vodka, with the giants of the sector battling it out for a spot in the top 10.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

This week’s top picks include a selection of orange wines set to “rival rosé” and a smattering of “enticing” Hungarian wines.

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Fine Wine

Amphora brings fine wine to India

UK-based wine investment company Amphora Portfolio Management has partnered with a Mumbai consultancy to bring fine wine to Indian investors.

Can China’s middle classes save Aussie wine?

The impact of China’s austerity measures continue to hurt the Australian wine industry, but China’s middle classes are emerging as its potential saviour.

Netscape founder to sell wine collection

The founder of US computer services giant Netscape is planning to sell $6 million (£3.6m) worth of his collection of fine wines.

Margaux and Haut-Brion on the rise

Bordeaux first growths Margaux and Haut-Brion are taking an increasing amount of trade by value on Liv-ex – more than the other three first growths combined.

Champagne

Champagne coupe moulded from Kate Moss’s breast launched

English supermodel Kate Moss’s left breast has been immortalised in a Champagne coupe designed by painter Lucian Freud’s daughter.

Pernod pushes for a premium Christmas

Pernod Ricard UK has flagged up a host of data to show why on-trade outlets should encourage customers to trade up this Christmas.

Champagne touted as next big investment

Vintage Champagne is being touted as the next big wine investment by London-based fine wine merchant Woolf Sung.

Champagne holds firm against Prosecco

Prosecco’s explosive UK growth has not come at the expense of Champagne, which held its volume and saw value sales increase by 2.2%, according to the Lanson Champagne Category Report 2014.

Champagne magnate Nicolas Feuillatte dies

Nicolas Feuillatte, founder of the largest cooperative in Champagne and the number one selling Champagne brand in France, has died aged 88.